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Science and Technology: Finance

Question for Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

UIN 181126, tabled on 17 April 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, how much and what proportion of the £14.6 billion budget for Pioneer is allocated outside of the period covered by the Spending Review 2021.

Answered on

24 April 2023

The Government is discussing association to Horizon Europe with the EU, and hope that negotiations will be successful. That is the Government’s preference.

If the UK is unable to secure association on fair and appropriate terms, then the Government will implement Pioneer – the UK’s bold, ambitious alternative. The Government is committed to investing up to £14.6 billion in Pioneer until the end of 2027/28. Specific spending profiles within the Spending Review 2021 period for Pioneer will be confirmed if association cannot be secured on fair and appropriate terms. Specific spending Pioneer profiles beyond 2024/25 will be confirmed at future Spending Reviews.

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